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because this is the united states of america. >> it's chaos, joe. you're seeing this out right bedlam, as the congress is saying americans have talked about dysfunction. this is dysfunction with steroids. and they're acting as if we can't count. the only way you can bring the taxes to the millionaires, really, basically, saying 900 people -- people that make $900,000 a year can keep their tax deductions or their tax breaks, you're going to have to take that from the middle class. you wrote about that today. break down what this really will be in terms of make iing the mie class have to pay out of their pocket. >> it's just a complete shachl. thank god we have representative cleveland here to enlighten us. it means it can't be understood. john boehner is looking out for john boehner and looking out for his job. he does not at this moment have the votes. we're going through this sham to protect the rich. i do think that they were trying to do something tricky and look like, okay, maybe we sort of got that americans would like to see the rich pay a little bit more in taxzs so we'll do th
how unions have helped build not just the stronger middle class, but a stronger america. >> the president is right. it's not about economics. it is about politics. the state's republican governor, rick snyder, says he'll sign the right to work bill into law. even though he opposed this kind of anti-union push earlier this year. >> right to work is an issue that's a very devicive issue. people feel very strongly about it. so right to work is an issue that might have its time and place but i don't believe it's appropriate in michigan during 2012. >> how do you go from devicive and not appropriate to sure, i'll sign. just give me a pen? snyder has simply misled voters in michigan. this weekend, the detroit free press, a paper that endorsed snyder two years ago, read an editorial blasting his vote. calling him dishonest and grotesquely disingenuous. what's going on here? who's behind all of this? turns out it's some familiar faces. the coke brothers are up to their old tricks. these billionaires are helping to fuel the anti-union drive in michigan. the same way they did in w
, there will be something about infrastructure because we need to improve our economy and put america forward. that's the way to create these jobs and infrastructure to get us oftf of this fiscal cliff. >> congressman steve cohen, thank you for your time tonight. >> thanks, rev. >> always good to be with you. >> still ahead, the tea party built john boehner up. and, now, they're tearing him down. how should democrats respond to the mess? the right wing has created. but, first, we're saying good-bye to the so-called war on christmas. we found a republican lawmaker who actually takes this stuff serious. stay with us. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> with christmas just days away, i wanted to update you on one of my favorite holiday traditions. the right wing war on christmas. they've really gotten into the spirit this season. >> we are pretty much the only ones covering the so-called war on christmas. >> let's talk about the war on christmas. >> we're not nuts, are we? there is a
either america wins or it loses. heading off the cliff is losing and we need a persuasive frightening message for the president to see they take it. we don't need a smile from this president or an inspiring speech. we need cold awesome words of warning. we need the president to scare the dick ens out of those people. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, i will not play that game. president obama's holding all of the cards in the tax fight. the gop's on the ropes and they are ready to cave. but with all things republican, there's always a catch. that's right. speaker boehner and company are looking to hold the debt ceiling hostage again. willing to downgrade our credit rating again. willing to risk our recovery again. just to get their way on spending cuts. the only problem for them, the president is in no mood to play. >> so i want to send a very clear messageç to people here. we are not going to play that game next year. in congress
of the united states of america by defaulting on payments or at least to threaten that. this is not a very popular position among the public. in fact, they will be -- i think it's a suicide mission that they are on, that the american people will make them pay the price. i really don't understand their strategy. >> margie, if you look at the fact that in the 2011 debt ceiling battle senator mitch mcconnell had this to say. he said, i think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage. you might take a chance at shooting. most of us didn't think that. what we did learn is this. it's a hostage that's worth ransoming. and it focuses the congress on something that must be done. now, if this was their thought and attitude in 2011, do you think that's what we're dealing with, that kind of feeling, attitude of holding the hostage for ransom now? >> i hope not. it's bad for -- it's certainly bad for the economy and it's also been bad for the economy brand. it's the reason that they were unsuccessful in the polls and by two to one if we don't reach a deal for the fiscal cliff
happened in america that i can recall ever seeing this type of carnage. anybody. anybody that lives in america, anybody that's a proud gun owner, anybody that's a proud them ber of the nra, they're also proud parents and proud grandparents. they understand. this has changed, where we go from here. everything has to be on the table and i think it will be. >> now is the time, not months from now, not years from now, but now. martin luther king, jr. once says change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. it will be a struggle to get gun laws changed. but that doesn't mean we shouldn't fight for it. joining me now is congressman joe courtney, democrat from connecticut and congressman john yomoff, democrat from kentucky. thank you both for coming on the show tonight. >> thanks, reverend. >> let me start with you, congressman, the tragedy happened in your home state. what will we be able to get done? when will we get meaningful gun legislation for those victims. >> well, again, last night, the president laid out the challenge to our country.
. call the roll. let's see where everybody stands, congresswoman. >> the moms and dads of america deserve to know where their member of congress stands. and that's why we think the speaker could bring this bill to the floor this week. the one banning the assault cartridges. and then starting the first of the year we're going to have a much more comprehensive bill. but right now right this week, let the american public ask their member of congress where they stand. >> well, governor and congresswoman, i promise you we'll run the roll down. people ought to know all over this country who stands for what when you have babies, 6-month-old babies killed in aurora. you have 4 to 10-year-olds killed in connecticut. and people are talking about we have to wait on the facts. those are enough facts for many of us. >> one thing we got to do, rev, is keep the pressure on speaker boehner. because he could deep six this and not bring it to a vote. he's the one person that could protect his members by not bringing it to a vote. the american people need to know where everyone in congress stands on this is
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and their big donors want to reorganize america so that -- because they believe that the rich don't have enough money and the poor have too much. so what we're hearing here is an expression of an et you logical idea that we need american society to be cost competitive with places like china. that means giving rich people even more money. and we're not going to standby. >> as i was listening to the president's statement, when he said that he appealed to them, he brought them together, there was some progress. but he also says if it goes over the deadline, he's calling only senator reid to call for an up and down vote. explain the significance of that. s isn't that really based on the fact that the public has said in numerous polls their support of this isn't that really a roll call to the american public on who stands where? >> yes, as a matter of fact, what the president is saying is he needs the american people to commu communicate with their elected representatives and let those elected representatives know that the people want to see a deal that is fair to the working and middle class people
of slavery and honest reflection out of which comes a freer, more liberal america. that's the way it's been and here i think the way it will be. so keep the faith. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> we begin tonight with breaking news for the first time the supreme court will take up the issue of guy marriage. it's a major step into the one of the key civil rights issues of our time. the court announced today it will rule whether a federal law denying benefits to same-sex spouses is unconstitutional. >> the defense of marriage act, defining marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. the court also announced it will decide where the california's proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, is constitutional. voters in california passed prop 8 four years ago but since then two courts have said it is unconstitutional. american's views on this issue have shifted rapidly, to where the majority of americans now support same-sex marriage. the cases will be heard in march. a ruling is expected in june. these de
? so let's get at it, america. the best country in the world, i'm in. that's "hardball" for now. k "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks for tuning in. i am live tonight in atlanta. tonight's lead, breaking news. our ambassador to the u.n., susan rer susan reiss has withdrawn her name as the next secretary of state. it comes after weeks' long witch hunt from top republicans over statements rice made following the attacks in benghazi, libya. it shows after the tragedy saying the attacks began as protests. that were then hijacked by extremists. that's what the cia believed and told her in a briefing given to her that very day. yet, john mccain and others launched a campaign to smear her and block her for moving to the state department. president obama defended rice on numerous occasions, but accepted her decision today with regrelt. just a short time ago, she explained her decision to nbc's brian williams. >> today, i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people, that i not be considered for nominati
in america. but there's this group of people on the far right that will vote them out of office. they will put up somebody farther right than the people we have in washington and get them out of office. so they're all afraid to vote for a modest tax increase of people who can totally afford it. and that small group of people is dominating this discussion to the detriment of the entire nation. >> john mcccain said this. interesting it has interestingly become clear that the party is against everything and for nothing. nothing on taxes to you. nothing on gun control. nothing on climate change. nothing only gay marriage. nothing on immigration reform on incremental peace approach which will result in nothing. it's a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. it may be how you disrupt, but it is now how you govern or how you ever hope to regain a majority. listen to these strategists from the right. >> we cannot be cowarded by them. when they say things that are culturally insensitive and stupid, we need to go after them and say this is not right. y
in america without a waiting period during which we check to see if you are in these categories. so we talk about severe, thorough checking before people can buy guns. assault weapon ban and a situation where the ammunition is banned. we also want to have what they've been trying to do in the nra's pocket, a registry where you can see what guns do so you can look for commonalities in the bullets that are fired from guns. and that because it's not just mass weapons or handguns, are also a problem. but assault weapons, large numbers of bullets, those big magazines of ammunition and a full check system. we should be able to get all three of those. >> now, newt gingrich says that sandy hook shooting happened because god was driven from public light. let me show you what he says. when you have an anti-religious, secular bureaucracy and secular judiciary seeking to drive god out of public life, something fills the vacuum. i don't know that going from communion to playing war gamies in which you practice killing people is necessarily an improvement. >> that's just an example newt gingrich will say
seshlgsentially mar end of when george w.h. bush led taxes. we had the contract for america. that in some ways was the precursor of the tea party and this very extreme rhetoric, us versus them rhetoric, where rather than talking about nuance differences between positions you call the president's health care bill socialism and yell about death panels and caricature things. that could be the most important shift. if they finally have to break and increase tax rates, they also have to change the way they talk about their policies. you can't just domogog. if they were offering better solutio solutions, that would force the democratic party to be smarter and offer more innovative solutions, too. >> now, richard, president obama told "rolling stone" magazine that his past election would break the gop fever. he told the magazine, quote, my hope is if the american people send a message to republicans and they suffer some losses in this election, that there's going to be some self-reflection going on. that it might break the fever. they might say to themselves, you know what? we've lost our way here. w
is nancy keenan, president of pro-choice america and michigan state representative lisa brown. this summer she made national headlines for speaking out against the gop bills attacking women's rights. thank you both for being with me tonight. >> thank you, reverend. >> let me start with you -- >> thank you. >> let me start with you, senator brown. michigan and abortion providers, 83% of michigan counties have no abortion providers. this is unthinkable in many places. >> yeah. michigan, you know, is a very diverse state. we have many rural areas. the legislation that the republicans are trying to push through makes it even harder for women to have access to health care. when we close clinics, we're not just talking about abortion services. you're talking about preventive health care services like cervical screenings and pap smears and things like that. preventive health care. it's unbelievable the restrictive legislation that is trying to be pushed forth. it's in lame duck. we saw what happened in the elections, and they said the clock is ticking on the amount of time that we have control. w
. and that was especially true today. i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years olds. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost, ourheartour hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well. for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early. and there are no words that will ease their pain. as a country, we have been through this too many times. >> the president expressing the pain and heart ache of an entire nation. for more on the investigation, i want to bring an nbc justice correspondent pete williams. pete,
're going to cut benefits for disabled vets. who in america thinks that makes any sense at all? >> and throughout the campaign, senator, they said that they would protect seniors. listen to this. >> we're the ones who are offering a plan to protect medicare, to strengthen medicare. >> my mom is on medicare. we owe them a program they can count on. >> our program will protect seniors. >> now, this is what they said during the campaign. how can they come back now, put ryan back in the driver seat saying medicare is on the table, we're going to cut it. >> this is how they do it. their argument is that if you cut benefits, you will strengthen the lifetime existence of social security. that's their theory. you can cut now, strengthen. it trust me, by lifting the cap, for example, you can have social security strong. >> senator bernie sanders, thank you for being a fighter, first of all, for the middle class and then thank you for being here tonight. >> my pleasure. >> all right. >>> coming up, failed presidential rick santorum has a new job and that new job says a lot about why repu
for high income individuals. >> and get this. 160 ceos from america's biggest companies are also now saying it's time to raise taxes on the rich. but, speaker john boehner is sticking to his talking points; at least publically. he's refusing to budge. >> the longer the white house slow walks this discussion, the pa closer we get to this year's fiscal close. >> boehner can blame the president all he wants. the reality is americans want to compromise. a new nbc wall street journal shows 65% want both sides to come together and make a deal. but that's not what's been happening in these talks. president obama made his opening offer, the republicans responded. the president then came back with a counter offer that included some concessions, so far so good. that's how negotiations work. but, then, republicans went the other way. they came back with an offer that was even more out of bounds than the first one. nbc news reports boehner now wants to make the bush tax cuts for the rich permanent. what's he thinking? we're going in the wrong direction in this country when it comes to economic fairness
that america is only male and only white. there's a permanent 234u plit kal trend that the demographics of the electorate in this country has changed. and people need to get a new play book if they're going to play in big, national american politics. >>> now, next up is the worst political farce of the year. is the revvie for the person or the group who drove their agenda and their purpose into the grounds. jonathan, who wins the award in your block? >> oh, mr. 9-9-9, her man cane. you know, people using a presidential campaign to sell books, to sell themselves, to make that a steppingstone to a much larger career, no one did it better than herman cane -- or worse -- in this case. >> i would say that the worst trend this year was the republican party deciding that they couldn't win the game with the rules as written. so trying to keep people from voting and essentially rig the rules, which is a trenld, unfortunately, that is on going. they've seen the writing on the wall. and they're still trying to say how can we change the math and rig the rules so that we can still win. in virginia,
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